How to File for Rent Assistance
Watch more All about Apartment Rentals videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/23-All-about-Apartment-Rentals Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to file for rent assistance using the information in this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Search for privately owned housing Search for privately owned apartments that offer lower rent for low-income tenants. Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website at hud.gov to search for apartments in your area. Step 2: Apply for public housing Contact your local city or county housing authority about public housing if you are disabled, elderly, a low-income family, or have been displaced by government action or a disaster. Public houses are publicly owned and typically feature affordable rent. Step 3: File for Section 8 File for a Section 8 housing voucher with the Public Housing Administration, or PHA. With a housing voucher, your rent is set at 30 percent of your income, and the voucher covers the rest. You sign a lease with the landlord, and the landlord signs a housing assistance payments contract with the PHA. Tip Be prepared to pay a security deposit if the landlord requires it. Step 4: Check with the state Check with your state government for rental assistance in your area. Step 5: Ask for help Contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, or call HUD at 800-569-4287 if you need advice about getting rental assistance. Did You Know? President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which included the Fair Housing Act that prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.